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Vitamin B12 Triggers Acne

Can Vitamin B12 Trigger Acne?

Vitamin B12 triggers your acne.

Did you know that having too much vitamin B12 in your diet can trigger acne breakouts, according to a new study?

Do you want clear skin?

Turns out, in some people, B12 can worsen acne. That’s because this water-soluble vitamin can change your skin’s bacteria, leading to acne-forming inflammation, according to a new study published in Science Translational Medicine.

To further explain this – We all have a strain of acne-causing facial bacteria on our skin called Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes for short. Under normal circumstances, P. acnes are harmless because they simply hang out on the skin and mind their own business. If there is excessive vitamin B12 present on the skin then the bacteria stop producing their own vitamins. This is what causes inflammation or acne.

However, this isn’t just an issue for those who are acne prone, but also for those who otherwise have clear skin. Vitamin B12 actually changes the gene expression of the skin bacteria, for instance.

What’s all the buzz about vitamin B12 shots?

The latest trendy product around town isn’t a hot handbag. It’s a vitamin shot.

Have you tried vitamin B12 shots to increase your nutrient levels? Perhaps you’re someone who follows a plant-based diet and think you might not be getting enough B12. Or maybe you read somewhere online that B12 will help clear your acne.

Think again. Before you head out to get a B12 jab you should be considering the consequences heavily.

Shots and injections are one form of the supplement that is best suited for individuals with medical issues pertaining to the loss of or limited absorption of vitamin B12 – but they also come with side effects and drawbacks which need to be weighed carefully, especially if you’re prone to acne.

Given the fact that it’s required for our nervous system to function properly and is vital for the production of blood, vitamin B12 is pretty essential for our bodies. But while many believe that you can never have too much of a good thing, it seems that this is not the case here.

Food sources can cause breakouts

Although B12 is found in various foods – including meat, fish and eggs. Some food is fortified with B12, such as breakfast cereals, nutritional yeast, and plant milks.

B12 causes cystic acne, and its hiding in lots of foods – especially non-dairy milks! If you’re on a dairy-free diet be sure to check your food and drinks for added B12. Some of your favorite plant-based smoothies could be the sneaky culprit to your breakouts.

You will be very surprised to see where it shows up! Ever wonder how to find acne causing ingredients in your products or food? See this blog post for more details on that.

Final Thoughts

Incidentally, too much of a good thing can be bad.

Many people are under the impression that the body gets rid of excess vitamins through urinating, but that’s not true for all vitamins. An overdose from certain vitamins like B12 will wreak havoc in the human body, not only reversing the initial benefits that came from taking it, but also introducing new chaos and side effects that could be easily prevented.

Do you know the root cause of your acne?

Are you ready to clear your acne once and for all? If you have any products you’re curious about or general skincare questions – we are always available for a consultation. You deserve to love the skin you live in! Book your next appointment for help with getting your own skincare routine started.

Cheers to clear!


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